There are currently 40 outstanding beaches across Wales that have been given Blue Flag status as of 2019.


The special status, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), is only awarded to beaches, marinas and other coastal locations which satisfy a certain set of criteria about factors considered to make a beach stand out from the rest, such as safety, environmental management, water quality, and facilities.

40 Welsh beaches were also awarded Green Coast Awards, given to beaches that have made special efforts to maintain unspoiled environments.

Pembrokeshire came out on top as the region to scoop the most awards, with 11 beaches being awarded Blue Flag status. Angelsey, with 7, was top North Wales region. The full list of beaches to win the accolade are as follows:

Anglesey

  • Benllech
  • Church Bay / Porth Swtan
  • Llanddwyn
  • Llanddonna
  • Trearddur Bay
  • Porth Dafarch
  • Rib Ride

Bridgend

  • Porthcawl Marina
  • Trecco Bay
  • Rest Bay

Ceredigion

  • Aberystwyth North
  • Borth
  • Llangrannog
  • New Quay Harbour
  • Tresaith

Conwy

  • Llandudno West Shore
  • Llanfairfechan
  • Penmaenmawr
  • Rhos, Colwyn Bay

Carmarthenshire

  • Cefn Sidan

Denbighshire

  • Prestatyn

Gwynedd

  • Barmouth (Abermaw)
  • Abersoch
  • Cricceith Traeth y Promenade
  • Dinas Dinlle
  • Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands)
  • Pwllheli

Pembrokeshire

  • Newgale
  • Amroth
  • Saundersfoot
  • Dale
  • Whitesands
  • Coppet Hall
  • Tenby North
  • Tenby South
  • Tenby Castle
  • Poppit Sands
  • Lydstep

Swansea

  • Caswell Bay
  • Langland Bay
  • Port Eynon
  • Swansea Marina

Vale of Glamorgan

  • Southerndown
  • Penarth Marina

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